Kouichi Fukunaga

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CysLT(1) antagonists are effective for a subset of patients with asthma; however, there has been no good way to predict a given patient's response. We examined the interaction between the clinical response to a cysLT(1) antagonist, pranlukast, and DNA sequence variant A(-444)C in leukotriene C(4) synthase (LTC(4) S) gene in Japanese patients with moderate(More)
Prostaglandins and thromboxanes are important modulators of airway physiology. The synthesis of these mediators depends on two isoforms of cyclooxygenase (COX), constitutive COX-1 and inducible COX-2. COX-2 expression has been observed in various inflammatory diseases, but not all aspects of the expression and the role of COX-2 in conditions of allergic(More)
Approximately 4% of the Japanese population genetically lack plasma platelet activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) and show a higher prevalence of thromboembolic disease, but whether they are susceptible to another PAF-related disease, asthma, remains controversial. To determine the role of plasma PAF-AH in airway physiology, we performed PAF(More)
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